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Auburn’s Pre- and Post-Game Rituals. Before the coin toss, fans at Jordan-Hare Stadium are whipped into a frenzy by the “flight of the eagle.” As they roar “W-a-a-a-r,” and opponents look on in trepedation, a trained raptor pounces on a leather falconry lure at midfield as the crowd booms: “EAGLE!” If Auburn wins, look out for the “rolling” of Toomer’s Corner: Fans wielding rolls of Charmin and Scott cover the ancient oaks lording over that intersection with bath tissue.

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Bobby Dodd Stadium, Georgia Tech. Hiding in plain sight in midtown Atlanta, two miles from the Georgia Dome, is this colorful 97-year-old treasure. Designed and built by the school’s students in 1913, this Fenway-esque old bowl exists in a different dimension. One of the most irresistibly charming vignettes in college ball remains the gold and white, OOGHA-ing Rambling Wreck—1930 Ford Cabriolet Sport Coupe—making its quaint dash across the field before every home game.

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The Landing, Jacksonville The bawdiness and license on The Landing the day before the Florida-Georgia tilt evinces a college rivalry so bitter it must be held at a neutral site in Jacksonville (EverBank Field, formerly called Alltel Stadium). The SEC has asked media outlets to stop referring to the game as “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.” Now it is “The Bacchanalia That Dare Not Speak its Name.”

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Tailgating at Ole Miss On home game days, Oxford’s storied, 10-acre greensward turns into a tableau of antebellum civility and manners: tables set with lace and fine china, chandeliers suspended from the boughs of the elms and magnolias. To see the cocktail dresses on display in The Grove is to be reminded that not all the talent is on the field.

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LSU’s Maned Mascot On game days at LSU, opposing players must walk past an actual caged tiger (these days, a Bengal-Siberian mix named Mike VI). A generous donor gave money to build the mascot a beautiful habitat, hard by Tiger Stadium, where Mike lolls in luxury, behind clear walls, between games.

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Best College Towns - Auburn, AL Toomer's Corner Lemonade

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Welcome to tailgate season in the South. Down here, tailgating isn't just a way to kill time an hour before kickoff. It's an all-day ritual.

Tailgating in the South

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Happy Tailgating Y’all! | Ole Miss Tailgate

Happy Tailgating Y’all!

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Happy Tailgating Y’all! | Ole Miss Tailgate

Happy Tailgating Y’all!

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Happy Tailgating Y’all! | Ole Miss Tailgate

Happy Tailgating Y’all!

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Happy Tailgating Y’all! | Ole Miss Tailgate

Happy Tailgating Y’all!

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Happy Tailgating Y’all! | Ole Miss Tailgate

Happy Tailgating Y’all!

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In honor of the World Cup, football and fútbol are going head-to-head.

Magnetic Koozie in 4 Colors | Leave it to Southern gals to accessorize their drinks. Bonus: This nifty Koozie sticks to the side of your car during incumbent tailgating. We’ll toast to that! | SouthernLiving.com

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